Our shared goal is to improve P-20 education for all students in the Kansas City metropolitan area by providing powerful tools for data-driven educational policy research, evaluation, and implementation.
The research team is working on producing increasingly reliable estimates of school level added value for all schools in Missouri with students in grades 3-8. (High school value-added measures are in development). Kansas City district schools’ data clearly shows above-average levels of effectiveness, whereas others are less effective. Data is being collected to complete a parallel study with the state of Kansas and interested Kansas City metropolitan area districts. Statistically determined estimates of “school effects” and “teacher effects” will be increasingly important in school and educator evaluation systems. Much of the previous research in this area has relied exclusively on state level proficiency exam scores to estimate school and teacher contributions to student achievement growth. The KC-AERC project adds results from district-administered exams, MAP scores, and other district-level data to statistical analyses of student growth to investigate how these additional data might improve value added estimates. This work can model how to link state and district data together to evaluate programs and interventions.
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